Top 15 Universities for Humanities Majors by Salary Potential

April 06, 2017

In the world of technology and startups, humanities majors are unfortunately overlooked for engineering and statistics, even when it has a strong earning potential.

In the years 2012-2014, humanities majors dropped by 8.7% in degrees awarded. Students are opting for STEM majors, because it presents more job opportunities for fresh graduates. This, however, does not mean students who major in English, philosophy, literature or a foreign language have no earning potential.

The writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills that you develop from studying a humanities major can prepare you for a successful career. PayScale, an online compensation information company, published their findings earlier this year and here’s a list of the top 15 university for humanities majors* by potential salary:

*Note, this list do not include the salaries of individuals who pursued another degree after their undergraduate degree in computer science.

1. Illinois State University

0-5 years experience: $40,900

10+ experience: $126,000

2. (tie) University of Chicago

0-5 years experience: $44,100

10+ experience: $105,000

2. (tie) University of Pennsylvania

0-5 years experience: $56,400

10+ experience: $105,000

4. Harvard University

0-5 years experience: $60,000

10+ experience: $99,800

5. (tie) Columbia University

0-5 years experience: $54,800

10+ experience: $98,800

5. (tie) University of California - Berkeley

0-5 years experience: $48,400

10+ experience: $98,800

7. University of Southern California

0-5 years experience: $48,400

10+ experience: $98,600

8. Northwestern University

0-5 years experience: $46,400

10+ experience: $97,000

9. Colgate University

0-5 years experience: $58,300

10+ experience: $96,300

10. University of Kansas

0-5 years experience: $42,200

10+ experience: $93,500

11. University of Virginia

0-5 years experience: $48,500

10+ experience: $98,800

12. University of California - San Diego

0-5 years experience: $43,700

10+ experience: $93,400

13. New York University

0-5 years experience: $49,800

10+ experience: $93,200

14. University of California - Santa Barbara

0-5 years experience: $44,000

10+ experience: $92,100

15. Yale University

0-5 years experience: $54,100

10+ experience: $92,000

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Sources: Inside HigherEd, PayScale

 

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Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.

 




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